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carastro

Cone and Christmas Tree Nebulae NGC2264

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Also taken from Davey T's back garden in Swanley Bortle 6 (as per explanation in "Anybody Playing tonight" thread) since I have a big tree in the way at Home in Bortle 8. I also took Oiii and Sii but it did not add anything to the colour, so as I had already taken some RGB as well, "just in case" I processed HaRGB

Atik460EX & WOZS71 HEQ5
Ha 22 x 600
RGB 9 x 150secs binned each
Total imaging time 5 3/4 hours

N.B. See tweaked image posted further down on 25th January. 

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Hi Carole, I think this turned out really well. My initial impression was it was a bit smooth, but the longer I look the more detail I see and the more I like it. I think that the Ha has given it a slightly pink look, which can often happen with Ha, but it is still a very pleasing image. Geof

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Thanks Geof, I am not really a great fan of Pink either, but I played around with it in the small hours last night, and it was the best option I could come up with, I am not keen on the sludgely browns, so it's a compromise at the moment, but I will take another look at it and see if I can produce a better colour.

Carole 

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43 minutes ago, geoflewis said:

Hi Carole, I think this turned out really well. My initial impression was it was a bit smooth, but the longer I look the more detail I see and the more I like it. I think that the Ha has given it a slightly pink look, which can often happen with Ha, but it is still a very pleasing image. Geof

I completely agree and went through the same thought process... thought it could bare a bit more sharpening but then decided I really like the more ethereal look that Carole's sympathetic processing has produced.  I'm not normally a fan of the pink either (though bright red can also grate a bit with me) but here it just seems to work with the hot blue stars.  Very nice indeed Carole.

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Thanks X6gas, I did do a little bit of selective sharpening, but decided too much would spoil it.  

Carole 

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OK I have done a redder version and did a bit more selective sharpening and a little noise reduction in the background areas.

Which do you prefer?

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Hi Carole, sorry to be obtuse, but actually I prefer V1. My comment about the pinkish look wasn't a criticism, just an observation and I liked how it turned out. V2 looks more smoked salmon coloured I think.... Geof

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Had a feeling that might be the response.

Lol

Carole 

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Hi Carole.

I think you have done an amazing job at processing this Nebulae,one I have yet to try .Your initial gut instinct for number one was correct,at least with me,there is something about it that gives it a more balanced look.

There is always a but though.The blue halo around the stars is this unavoidable?However very nice.

Mick.

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Thanks Mick.

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The blue halo around the stars is this unavoidable?However very nice.

This is something I am struggling with at the moment.  My blue stars always come out bigger than the other stars, and yes, I have re-focussed.  I have also tried to shrink the blue stars before combining.   So far I haven't found a solution, and I can assure you the final result looks far better than my original process (ask Davey T, he was watching me and giving words of advice while I was processing M42 which had the same problem).

Carole 

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There is always a but though.The blue halo around the stars is this unavoidable?However very nice.

I have found an Action for improving this, I don't normally use actions, but until I find a way to do this myself, this will help.  Thanks for the nudge.

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thought it could bare a bit more sharpening

Done a bit more sharpening.

Thanks Guys.

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Excellent Carole, I love the mistiness of it and the little  wisps of soot at the bottom!

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